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Replication data for: The Internet and Local Wages: A Puzzle

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  • Forman, Chris
  • Goldfarb, Avi
  • Greenstein, Shane
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  • Abstract

    How did the diffusion of the internet affect regional wage inequality? We examine the relationship between business investment in advanced internet technology and local variation in US wage growth between 1995 and 2000. We identify a puzzle. The internet is widespread, but the economic payoffs are not. Advanced internet technology is only associated with substantial wage growth in the 6 percent of counties that were already highly wealthy, educated, and populated and had IT-intensive industry. Advanced internet and wage growth appear unrelated elsewhere. Overall, advanced internet explains over half the difference in wage growth between already well-off counties and all others. (JEL J31, L86, O33, R11, R23)
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    DOI: 10.1257/aer.102.1.556 (Text)
  • Forman, Chris, Avi Goldfarb, and Shane Greenstein. “The Internet and Local Wages: A Puzzle.” American Economic Review 102, no. 1 (February 2012): 556–75.
    • ID: 10.1257/aer.102.1.556 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2020-05-18 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2019-10-11

Forman, Chris; Goldfarb, Avi; Greenstein, Shane (2012): Replication data for: The Internet and Local Wages: A Puzzle. Version: V0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.